Brandon’s journal - entry #2 : Okay, I know have a perfectly useless amulet and Brynn seems to have disappeared somewhere! I certainly hope the other mystics will be able to help me. First I have to go see Darm and Brandywine, then I’ll try and get access to these darn caves…
We’ve left Brandon at the entrance of the Timbermist Woods. The first screen after the entrance leads to a big hut which seems to be the abode of Darm and his pet dragon Brandywine. Maybe they’ll be able to help me…
|Worst roommate ever|
|Fetch Quest #7560|
- A statue of a wizard with an emerald stuck in it, which I’m guessing I’ll have to find a way to pry it out in order to add it to my gemstones collection.
- A crazy old man on a bench who tells me there is a songbird somewhere that’s hurt and needs help.
- A huge altar that makes me remember I’ll need the gemstones in order to make something happen here. I drop my three gemstones here in order to make room in my inventory.
- A beautiful ruby tree with a huge “danger” sign next to it, where I get my first death screen. Trying to pick one of the rubies has a snake bite you. You can still play while poisoned but I don’t think I’ll go very far, so I reload for now.
|Okay, fair enough…|
- An ancient well where I can put everything in my inventory, resulting in its loss. I try putting a few things in it to no avail and I reload afterwards.
- The nest of the aforementioned songbird, which is hurt indeed. Except throwing a gemstone at it, I don’t see what to do for now.
- A place with dead plants called Deadwood Glade
- A nice water spring
Finally, once I go to the southeast of the map, I find a huge serpent head leading to a cave. Trying to enter it leads to my first confrontation with Malcolm! The jester is playing with knives and threatens me.
|This screenshot looks like a 1-on-1 fighter game. Don’t worry, no stupid action scenes here…|
On my travels, I found several new things, an acorn, a pinecone, an amethyst, a walnut and a tulip. I sense a “nut and flowers” category has been added to the “gemstones” category concerning the trash laying around that I’m randomly picking up.
I try doing several things to help the bird but none of my objects seem to be able to help him. In the Deadwood Glade, however, something attracts my attention. Trying to put a gem in the hole in the middle of the ground tells me “there are seeds in the hole”. Considering I don’t have any water or contenant on me (which would have made sense) I try putting my acorn into the hole… and it seems to do something. The ground starts shaking!
|Botany 101 : the use of magic prevents the use of water for your garden.|
|Reference contest : in what other game do we find pseudobushia hugifloras?|
|Restoring glades and saving birds… maybe Kyrandia started as a prototype for Ecoquest 3?|
I give the feather to Darm who uses it to write a magic scroll (without telling me what it does, of course). He tells me I now have to find my birthstones in order to get another tool for my quest. I have to put four stones on a plate (I’m guessing that means the plate on the altar) in the order of the seasons. Summer is the first. He remembers hiding the summer stone somewhere near.
|You mystics sure do have a lot of errands to run, don’t you?|
I go back to the ruby tree, save beforehand and pick a ruby. The snake appears and bites me. Brandon takes a nice shade of green that foreseen my future death, but a click on the healing spell and I get rid of the poison. Score! Now I have a ruby!
|You said it, buddy…|
|Kyrandia gem trade show 1992|
The best thing about this would be if the Sunstone didn’t work either but, thankfully, it does. The rest is a simple trial-and-error matter. I save, put every stone I know in the plate waiting for one to be accepted, then reload not to lose every gem that’s disappeared (even if I’m pretty sure the random appearance of gems all around the world probably means I can find them again if needed) and try again. The results are : Sunstone, Garnet, Topaz and Ruby. The seasons? What? Okay, so if Sunstone symbolizes summer, how come autumn is symbolized by a darker shade of red, then winter a nice yellow and spring a bright red? Where does the guy who made up this riddle live? Mars?
The second problem is the fact that the hint “one stone per season” is completely useless (except if someone knows of a way Sunstone, Garnet, Topaz and Ruby are linked to the seasons?) and the whole thing relies on trial and error… Meh... Anyway! What I get for my trouble is… a pan flute! Yay! I know magic items don’t always look impressive but I can’t help but feeling it’s a bit anticlimactic there…
|My thoughts exactly|
|Have you considered any other career than musician? Video game protagonist perhaps?|
|New beautiful environment and music… better get used to it though!|
Total time : 2 hours 30
Inventory : Apple, flute, magic scroll, tulip
Powers : Healing
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